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Curtis: Should the World Bank consider non-Americans for its next president?

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19 March, 2012

No, the World Bank at this stage of its existence, and the need to preserve some element of normalcy in this US presidential year, should continue to have a US citizen as its president; the US, both through public—and increasingly private—donors remains the world’s largest contributor to the Bank’s work directly and indirectly through partnerships and/or providing seed money. While American power is in relative decline, it is important for the world community to keep that country engaged and for the US population as a whole to recognize that they are part of the world with a responsibility to help in a non-military manner; continuing the practice of having a US-citizen-president of the World Bank will help achieve that objective for at least another decade.

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